New Features

New TurnItIn Version

The user interface for TurnItIn Grademark and Originality Checking has been updated for this semester. Any new assignment submission folders that are created will use this new interface. Previously created assignment folders will continue to use the legacy interface. Information on the legacy interface can be found on our D2L help site here.

When creating a new assignment submission folder, you will notice that TurnItIn now has its own tab along with Properties, Restrictions, and Objectives. Click the TurnItIn tab to access the options.

On the TurnItIn tab, check the “Enable Grademark for this folder” box to enable TurnItIn. Checking this box gives you the ability to markup document and provide comments directly through TurnItIn. It is also required for running an Originality check report.

Check the “Enable Originality Check for this folder” box to check submitted papers for plagiarism. You can set TurnItIn to do this automatically for all submissions (default) or allow you to identify individual papers that need to be check. You can also decide whether or not students are allow to see their Originality Reports.

Towards the bottom of the page, you will notice that there is button labeled More Options in TurnItIn. Clicking this button will open a pop-up window that allows you to set more advanced options for TurnItIn. These include:

  • Setting TurnItIn to add the paper to a repository for future Originality Checking or just to check for plagiarism and not store the paper for future Originality Checking
  • Setting what submitted papers will be checked against, such student papers, web content, and journals
  • Setting the similarity report to generate automatically or wait for the due date.

Update to the My Courses Widget

You are now able to filter your “My Courses” widget by Semester. This allows you to view courses for the current semester only instead of solely using Pinning and Unpinning to keep the My Courses widget organized. You can still Pin and Unpin courses and view all courses at once, if desired.

New Quizzing Experience

You are now able to Opt-In to the New Quizzing Experience in D2L. This new experience allows you to create questions more quickly and easily, as well as preview what the question will look like as you are creating it. When you go to add a question to a quiz, the new experience will automatically be turned on. You will then be prompted to leave the new experience on or revert to the prior interface. Starting in December, you will automatically be upgraded to the New Quizzing Experience.

Four question types currently support this new experience: Multiple Choice, True/False, Written Response, Short Answer. Examples of the interface with these question types can be seen below. Other questions types, such as Multiple Select and Matching, will continue to use the previous quiz creation interface.

Note that regardless of the interface you are using, you can accomplish the same tasks. The New Quizzing Experience streamlines question creation by only displaying a small sample of the Options. You can access more advanced features, such as Feedback and Hints, by clicking the Options drop-down.

Multiple Choice


Short Answer

Written Response

The New Quizzing Experience also replaces Random Sections with Question Pools. Question Pools allow you to build a pool of question and pull a select number of questions from that pool. For example, you could create a 20 question pool but give each student a random selection of 10 of the questions. This helps to prevent cheating on the quiz.

Note: Question Pools are best used when giving students a random sample of the entire question pool. If you just want to randomize the order of questions, but ensure that all students get the same questions, you should randomize quiz questions in the method described on our D2L Help site here.

The Course Overview Widget

You will also notice a new widget towards the bottom of the home page for each of your courses. The Course Overview widget provides you with data and visualizations about students’ activities in the course. By default, it displays a bar graph of the number of users accessing the course per day over the past week. You can use the widget to get more detail information as well. This widget is not visible to students.

The Class Engagement feature allows you to view an overview of students’ grades, the last time each student accessed the course, and the number of threads and replies they have made in Discussions. You can email students through this page as well.

The Course Access feature allows you to view detailed information about when user have accessed your course. You can edit the start date and end date of the visualization to view course access across days or months. You can also filter by role. This allows you to, for example, see only how many students are accessing the course per day or view course access by TAs or Clinical Instructors. This information can be exported to an Excel or CSV file.

The Tool Access feature allows you to view a pie chart that shows how many times a tool (e.g., Quizzes, Discussions, Content) has been accessed in your course and what percentage of total course activity it makes up. You can view access over the last 7 day, last 30 days, or last 12months. You can also filter by user role to see how Students are interacting with the course and how it differs from use by Faculty, for instance. This information can be exported to an Excel or CSV file.